What started as a normal sunny, fun day just getting together with my division for a social ended up with me standing in front of the Bart(Bay Area Rapid Transportation) Station with my head down watching blood drip out off my forehead. I heard screams from my members cursing at the man who attacked me with a hammer. “Sorry” was the last thing I heard from the coward that ran away. I looked up to see if my members were alright even though I thought I was going to pass out when I realized how much I was bleeding.
I was rushed to a Hospital close by where the doctors cleaned me up, performed a CAT scan on me, and wrapped my head up. I was worried about my parents so I called them just so they could hear my voice and know that I was alive and conscious. I was really scared and shaken up from the whole thing, and so many things came to my head. I couldn't stop thinking about KIWIN'S and the people that I have in my life. The thought of death and what would happen if I was gone frightened me and definitely made me burst into tears until my family, Ms. Turner and a few KIWIN'S members arrived to visit me. I was incredibly grateful to see them, because I was emotionally unstable.
After 6 hours in the Emergency Room, I was transferred to another hospital so I could receive better medical treatment. To be honest, I thought I wasn't going to make it through until a plastic surgeon came to the rescue to stitch me up. The plastic surgeon kept me calm and made me believe that I was going to be alright even when I was losing hope in myself. During the surgery, I couldn't stop thinking about everything and everyone that I would leave behind if I didn't push through.
I returned home after the surgery with a bruised eye, swollen, yet numb forehead, and a total of 82 sutures above my right eyebrow. The amount of support that I received from District Board, my members, Kiwanis, family, and friends was incredibly amazing. I don’t think I would be emotionally stable if it weren’t for them. I took a break from KIWIN’S and work for a few days and resumed to it later when I regained my strength. I was not ready to give up on school, KIWIN'S, and everything I have worked on because of a blow to the head.
Remember to take care of yourself first before anything else. Life will always bring us unpredictable challenges that arise on our journey to success, but we should never let negativity taint our life or discourage our ambition.